Diary as of 11/7 -11/15/2011
11/7 It was very frustrating and worrying at first when I realized that this happened again. I was so very much hoping that I i.e. the poor pijjies would have been spared to face this terrible sickness AGAIN. But – luckily – it turned out that it was not as bad as it looked like at first. Besides Micky everyone else who got infected seemedto be able to fight it off by themselves i.e. with the help of extra food and the carrot juice. I am quite convinced that the carrot juice really helped.
I made sure though that all sick pijjies were able to feed themselves and they were. I fed Woody – who showed the heaviest symptoms besides Micky – partially from my hand in order to check on him thoroughly, whether he was able to pick up the seeds properly. Often it looks as if they are eating when in fact they cannot swallow the seed. I also gave him the carrot juice per syringe several times to make sure that he really had his share – did the same with Lucky.
In the meanwhile I have not seen any more sick pijjies. Woody is still keeping his head a bit tilted though – so does Lucky – but that’s all. They are a bit more anxious than usual still but everything else works fine. They are all in good mood, preening as usual, flying without any problems.
Micky though is a different case. She is inside, I am keeping her in the hospital box.
She has lost her ability to eat by herself and cannot fly at all. When she tries to helicopter it mostly ends in uncontrolled movements. Still she is in good mood and tries again and again. She becomes quite frustrated when she tries to eat and cannot pick up the seed i.e. swallow it but then I take her on my arm and comfort her. She has become such a sweet pet pigeon who loves to be cuddled and stroked the whole day
Weighing day for Micky – amazingly she had more than I thought: 308 gr. She had felt very thin.
11/8 Micky and Pina got their Calcivet.
11/9 Micky has 315 gr in the meanwhile – so she gained 7 gr in 2 days. Wow!!!
11/10 Micky, Pina and Emily got their Calcivet. I am continuing this with all the females no matter whether sick or not.
11/11 It’s Friday and nothing special.
11/12 Weighing day for Micky again: still 315 gr
Pina and Rudi are heavily cuddling with each other:
11/13 Pina laid her first egg #47 in the evening after I had given her Calcivet in the morning. It was so funny when I checked on her in the evening because she did not want to go back to her box instead she was sitting on the little platform in the bookshelf . When I got out the ladder she immediately came towards me growling and making her cat’s arched back to protect her nest. She knew exactly that I wanted to have a sneek peak into her nest.
Lucky spent his night somewhere else but was back in the very early morning.
11/14 Let Micky out in our bedroom to give her some opportunity to stretch herself but she rather loved to sit on my shoulder or arm. She always wants to be close – still irritated when outside her box.
11/15 Pina laid her second egg which is #48 and another perfect one! She received another portion of Calcivet.